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Douglas G. Gallagher




Indiana University School of Law, J.D., 2003, magna cum laude

Articles Editor, Indiana International and Comparative Law Review 

University of Alabama, M.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2000

Naval Postgraduate School-School of Aviation Safety, Aviation Safety Officer School Distinguished Graduate, 1998

US Navy Test Pilot School, Test Pilot Graduate, 1995

University of Colorado, B.A., Physics,1986



U.S. Patent Office

Doug understands mechanics and how things are built, which is an asset to his clients facing patent and intellectual property issues. Prior to his legal career, he was a test pilot and carrier-based fighter pilot in the United States Navy. He obtained experience in the development and testing of aircrafts and aircraft systems including gas turbine, flight controls, navigation systems and avionics, as well as analyzing and determining the causes of aircraft accidents. 

As a registered patent attorney and a member of our Intellectual Property Practice Group, Doug protects the intellectual property assets of his clients, while respecting the intellectual property rights of others. He assists clients with patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright issues in a variety of industries, including aviation, automotive, medical, manufacturing, telecommunications and sporting equipment. 


  • Recognized as "40 Under 40" by the Indianapolis Business Journal: 2004
  • NASA Astronaut Selection Finalist: 2000
  • Received two Air Medals 
  • Received Navy Commendation Medal 
  • Received two Navy Achievement Medals  

Memberships & Involvement

  • Bar Leader Class VIII Graduate: Indianapolis Bar Association, 2010
  • Chair, Vice Chair & Executive Committee Member: Indianapolis Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, 2013- present
  • Member: Society of Experimental Test Pilots; Association for Corporate Growth 


Presentations & Events

  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Seminar; Indianapolis, IN, March 22, 2017
  • Patent Damages, Laches and IPRs – Insights from Recent U.S. Supreme Court Cases
    Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, November 20, 2016
  • Patent Law Year in Review 2014
    Indianapolis Bar Association, March 25, 2015
  • Intellectual Property Law Overview for Businesses
    Conexus Indiana, December 9, 2014
  • Patent Law Year in Review 2013
    Indianapolis Bar Association, March 20, 2014
  • Recent Changes in Intellectual Property Law
    INPact Indiana, January 20, 2013